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Brown-Forman elevates environmental commitments

Distiller shares global sustainability strategy and future goals

By The Bourbon Flight

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Brown-Forman Corp., one of the largest American-owned global spirits and wine companies, shared today its updated Global Sustainability Goals. The new environmental commitments serve as a roadmap in advancing sustainability, reducing the company’s environmental footprint, and increasing its positive impact on the community and environment.

Brown-Forman’s Global Sustainability Goals broaden the company’s focus beyond owned-business operations to include its supply chain, where the majority of the company’s environmental footprint resides, and are centered around four pillars:

  1. Climate Action: Reduce greenhouse gas emissions
  2. Water Stewardship: Protect the health of key watersheds and create Net Positive Water Impact
  3. Circular Economy: Maintain zero waste and integrate circular economy principles
  4. Supply Chain: Reduce the environmental impact of our product packaging; Create a resilient and agile agricultural supply chain; Conserve existing hardwood forests

The full commitments can be found at www.brown-forman.com/environmental-sustainability.

“We have a responsibility to care for our environment and protect the natural resources upon which our products depend, not only to strengthen our business but also to contribute to the long-term health of our planet,” said Lawson Whiting, CEO, Brown-Forman.

“To elevate the importance of sustainability to Brown-Forman’s overall, long-term success, we’ve embedded these new goals into our business strategy and will continue to share our progress against them publicly.”

“From cultivating relationships with farmers who grow our grain to reusing our barrels and sending zero waste to landfill, sustainability has long been part of how Brown-Forman approaches its business.

We believe we can responsibly grow our brands, like Jack Daniel’s, Herradura, and Woodford Reserve, along with our 151-year old company while protecting and enriching the natural environment,” said Alex Alvarez, Chief Production and Sustainability Officer, Brown-Forman.

Brown-Forman has been on a steady path of integrating sustainability more deeply into the business through its production facilities and collaboration with its partners. Today’s set of Global Sustainability Goals is Brown-Forman’s third publicly available sustainability targets and commitment and lays out an ambitious path forward.